Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Western
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 06, 2013
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Rancher Dewar O'Donnell is a just an old-fashioned cowboy at heart, and he can't wait to reenact the historic Chisholm Trail ride with his buddies. The trial-run cattle drive for a reality TV show sounds like a great time - until H.B. McKay pulls up in her slick red sports car...
She's way out of her element... Haley McKay is a feisty, high-powered businesswoman with the power suit and stiletto heels to prove it. She's keen to research her company's hot new idea for a reality TV show - but mount up with a bunch of modern-day cowboys? Are they kidding? It's too late to back out now, so Haley sets out to prove that it will take more than snakes, storms, and stampedes to make her back down.
Besides, sleeping under the stars with Dewar O'Donnell could prove mighty interesting...
Dewar O’Donnell has met his match and her name is H.B. McKay. You’ll fall in love with her when he firsts asks what her middle initial stands for. And they’re in each other’s space for the next month.
Haley and Dewar are following the historic Chisholm Trail with a few men, some cattle and a bull. It is an actual trail that you can check out on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisholm_Trail. There is even a roundup in June and you can check that out at http://www.chisholmtrailroundup.com. It also made me think of John Wayne – I can picture him as one of those cowboys that would follow the trail.
As they follow the trail, they go through a town that left me wishing I was there as a spectator. I live in the East so I’ll never see that type of history. At one point, the group has an interesting protein for supper. My question to our author is “does it taste like chicken?” The one thing I thought was missing was a map of the trail they’re following but if you go to the Wikipedia site, they will have one for you.
I found it interesting how Carolyn has the female character reading romance authors other than her. I would have thought the simple thing to do would be to have her a fan of the author writing the story. You then have to wonder if these are authors that Carolyn likes to read.
Make sure that you don’t rush this read, otherwise you’ll miss Haley’s nickname in school. It makes me wonder when Carolyn wrote this story if the nickname or the initials came first. She also has a great camaraderie going on with Coosie – will make you chuckle each time they talk. Makes me wish I had a Coosie in my life.
In one point in the story, they have picked up a donkey named Eeyore. Once he makes an appearance, he steals every scene he’s in. In one particular scene you will downright laugh out loud. Just be careful where you are because people may look at you funny – I happened to be in the staff lounge at work. I would love to see how that would play out on film – bet it would be the scene-stealer of the movie.
The only disappointment I had was that once the cattle drive was finished, they didn’t take the same trail back – maybe something to think about for a sequel. Authors have a tough job that isn’t always appreciated the way it should be. They have to create a complete world. They have to develop the place, people that live in that place, what everyone wears and even what they look like – this even includes the food that they eat. The author even puts to paper what they like and don’t like. This takes a lot of creativity to get that all done in a certain amount of pages and everything needs to make sense on top of it. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)